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November 21, 2013

UNStudio wins Baumkirchen Mitte design competition in Germany

Dutch architectural firm UNStudio has won a competition to design a 18,500m² residential and office complex in Munich, Germany.

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Residential and office complex

Dutch architectural firm UNStudio has won a competition to design a 18,500m² residential and office complex in Munich, Germany.

UNStudio worked in collaboration with OR else Landscapes on the design for the city’s new Baumkirchen Mitte development, which will feature a 60m tower.

Flexible floorplans allow several different configurations for apartments in the residential part of the building.

Metal and wood will combine to create contrast on the building’s facade, which UNStudio said will give the facility the appearance of a custom-made furniture piece for the urban space.

The architectural firm said the remaining traces on the location of a previous rail yard form the blueprint for the structure of the roof gardens.

The linear frameworks in the landscaping of the gardens will house fields of kitchen gardens and play areas, as well as rows of ornamental grasses and flowering perennials.

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UNStudio architect Ben van Berkel said in the design for the facade of the building, the company selected for an "articulated sobriety, incorporating contrasting scales of detail.

"The horizontal bands which wrap and organise the building present a sober articulation from a distance, however as you get closer to the building you discover a refined scale of intricate, complex detailing," van Berkel added.


Image: The design for the city’s new Baumkirchen Mitte development will feature a 60m tower. Photo: Courtesy of UNStudio.

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